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Otago Highlights

  • Pro
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     The rolling hills, the summer heat and the penguins 

  • Con
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     Cold, windy and sometimes remote. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nature at it's best! 

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Queenstown

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Dunedin

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340,803,84

Wanaka

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117,373,39

Oamaru

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50,98,16

Arrowtown

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114,311,7

Glenorchy

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Moeraki

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Alexandra

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17,35,1

Catlins Lake

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Lake Wanaka

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Kaka Point

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Clyde

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14,32,0

Saint Bathans

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Lindis Pass

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Lake Hawea

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Cardrona

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9,55,0

Queenstown

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Dunedin

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  • The Palms

    Dunedin Restaurants

    The Palms Restaurant is set in a older style building,looking out at the Queens Garden. We booked in for my daughter's 18th birthday and ate the most delicious food. The presentation, taste,quantity and staff are to be recommended. This is a 5star plus restaurant in Dunedin. I'd recommend you try here and won't be disappointed. I tried the NZ Lamb....

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  • 858 George Street

    Dunedin Hotels

    We spent 3 nights staying here. The two rooms we had (1 twin and 1 double) were spacious,...

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  • Port Chalmers

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Port Chalmers is located on the north shore of Otago harbour and is the deep water port for Otago. A short, 15 minute drive from Dunedin, and we were here! We found a nice lookout here, where my photo was taken from, it had great views of the port area, and of the beautiful Iona church. Port Chalmer's is also famous because the last Antarctic...

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Wanaka

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  • Puzzeling world

    Wanaka Things to Do

    Extremely recommended, a great fun for adults and kids. also a great dear of toys to remember the wonderful experience.NZ$17 per adult. kids NZ$11.

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  • The Moorings

    Wanaka Hotels

    Brilliantly positioned opposite the lakefront right near the heart of the town, the Moorings contain...

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  • Puzzling World will leave you dizzy

    Wanaka Things to Do

    Wanaka is the site of Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, which is a "don't miss" for anyone who enjoys visual, spatial, or other types of puzzles. The two main attractions here are the Great Maze, a labyrinth which most people can “solve” in about 90 minutes, and four “illusion rooms” with holograms, strange follow-you-everywhere faces, a room...

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Oamaru

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  • Historic town

    Oamaru Things to Do

    If you have the time, go for a walk around the "Original Commercial area of Oamaru." This area is known as.... New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape. with buildings dating from the 1870's to 1890's as they were in the past. Most of them are built out of the local limestone. This area is being restored, and although when we walked...

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  • Highfield Mews, Oamaru

    Oamaru Hotels

    244 Thames Street, Oamaru, 9400, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Gently visit the yellow eyed penguins...

    Oamaru Things to Do

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea!We were lucky enough to see one...

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Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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Moeraki

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  • Moeraki Boulders

    Moeraki Things to Do

    These large, spherical boulders can be found on a stretch of Koekohe Beach, between Moeraki and Hampden. You will find them in clusters or standing alone. The stretch of beach where they stand has been named a scientific reserve. The boulders have been formed near the surface of the seafloor during the Paleocene era. They have been created by the...

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  • Oamaru

    Moeraki Things to Do

    its not of the beaten path, State Highway 1 goes through this enchanting town of the South Island, with its victorian, white Stone Buildings. the Harbour Precinct, the lovely pubs, the Pengy Statue. but I wont repeat myself. have a look at my separate Oamaru page, you might like it.more pix from the Moeraki Boulders and the Blue Pengy's

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  • Te Kai-hinaki

    Moeraki Things to Do

    Maori LegendAccording to the Maori folklore "the Kai" (food)hinaki (baskets) were washed ashore at Moeraki from the canoe Arai - uru, which was wrecked off the coast on a voyage south in search off the precious stone.(Greenstone or Jade).The Scientific VersionThe Moeraki Boulders consist mainly of carbonate of lime, silica, alumina and peroxide of...

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Alexandra

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  • The Big Clock

    Alexandra Things to Do

    Situated on one of the hills beside Alexandra on the other side of the river sits one of the biggest clocks in NZ. It is approx 7M tall and is lit up at night making it visible for 8 or so kilometres depending on weather conditions.You can walk up to the clock if you're keen with the circuit taking you over the Shaky Bridge and a nice Cafe/winery...

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  • Avenue Motel

    Alexandra Hotels

    119 Centennial Avenue

  • Alexandra - Clyde 150th Anniversary Walk

    Alexandra Things to Do

    Running beside the Clutha between Alex and Clyde is an 11.5km track. It is open to walkers and bikers with the Mountain Bike crew who give it the most action. There are lots of dips and rises, small bridges and fast straights to give you a fun ride no matter what your level. Bikes can be hired from several places for around $10 per hour or $35 per...

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Catlins Lake

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  • Cathedral Caves - over rated

    Catlins Lake Tourist Traps

    Cathedral Caves can look spectacular in brochure photographs but I didn't think they were worth the steep walk back up to the carpark. From the beach there appear to be two caves but they are actually two openings to a single cave. If you enter via the first cave and walk to the back it becomes dark and the roof is lower and you may think you are...

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  • Winter Ghost Towns

    Catlins Lake Warnings and Dangers

    The migration of tourists comes mostly in the summer. The hotels, B&B's, restaurants, etc. in the area thrive on passersby. However it is a different story in the winter. Nearly the entire area is buttoned up and quiet.If you are traveling through in the winter, it is best if you are looking for gasoline, general store, hotel, etc. that you begin...

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  • Communication Coverage

    Catlins Lake Warnings and Dangers

    Throughout most of the Catlins NP, we had no cell phone coverage. And if we did, it only lasted long enough to initiate a call, not to complete it.If you are traveling through the area, plan to be disconnected for the duration.

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Lake Wanaka

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  • The Maze

    Lake Wanaka Things to Do

    This was the original maze in New Zealand, since then they have become very popular, so much so that New Zealand are actually exporting them!The maze is incredibly frustrating! You have to visit the four corner towers before making your way to the centre. After finding two nad walking up and down the same passage and round and round 15 times at...

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  • Illusion Rooms

    Lake Wanaka Things to Do

    The illusion rooms have to be seen to be believed. The first is a room full of holograms, certainly the best and most interesting holograms I have ever seen. Next is the Hall of Followinf Faces, where pictures of famous faces have that annoying habit that their faces seem to follow you around the room. Very impressive! How do they do that?Lastly,...

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  • Tilted House

    Lake Wanaka Things to Do

    The floor and walls of this house has been built at an angle of 15 degrees. When you stan dup straight, it gives the impression that you are in fact leaning. It is a really strange sensation!If you look at the photo, you can see Brent standing straight on the bottom rung of a ladder attached to the wall. Behind him on the wall, is a picture showing...

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Kaka Point

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  • Wonderful atmosphere

    Kaka Point Restaurants

    "To the point" was the closest pub/restaurant to our accomodation, and maybe the only one in town, since we have not seen other places for eating out in the area!The building is divided into restaurant and pub. The restaurant was closed (we did not understand why) and we obviously went for the pub:)We had some meat with chips, nothing special to be...

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  • The lighthouse at Nugget Point

    Kaka Point Things to Do

    We are driving towards Nugget Point; here stands since 1870 a lighthouse. The many small stones on the road make the car break away sometimes. So it's not an easy drive over these curvy roads. But you have a great view over the Ocean at your left-hand side. We make a short walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the scenery. Latitude: 46°27'...

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  • Drive along the Southern Scenic Route

    Kaka Point Things to Do

    The Southern Scenic Route borders NZ South Island Southern coastline from Dunedin to Te Anau, and it is a wonderful experience. Just drive along this road, you'll be captured by wonderful views that will make you feel in heaven. People will help you to find out where to go, and I promise you'll remember about this remote region for ever and ever!

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Clyde

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  • Great place to rest and eat.

    Clyde Restaurants

    It was very nice to find this cafe open on a Sunday, as we had just finished cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail. Finding this oasis oozing with ambience and friendly staff, sitting outside in the sun was just what the doctor ordered. The World Cafe is another example of where these small towns have reinvented their closed down bank buildings to a...

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  • Dunstan Golf Club

    Clyde Sports & Outdoors

    Dunstan Golf Club has a very nice 9 hole course. The front and back nines share greens but often have very different tees. The course is generally on the short side but has some challenging bits with its tight fairways. The course was in good condition when I last played with both Tees and Greens is great shape.Cost is only $15 so it's a cheap way...

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  • Alexandra to Clutha 150th Anniversary...

    Clyde Things to Do

    Running beside the Clutha between Alex and Clyde is an 11.5km track. It is open to walkers and bikers with the Mountain Bike crew who give it the most action. There are lots of dips and rises, small bridges and fast straights to give you a fun ride no matter what your level. Bikes can be hired from several places for around $10 per hour or $35 per...

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Saint Bathans

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  • The Vulcan Hotel

    Saint Bathans Things to Do

    I loved this old hotel - we sat outside in the bright Otago sunshine with a cold glass of wine enjoying the atmosphere and playing with the friendly hotel dog. Built in 1869, the Vulcan is the only one remaining out of the thirteen hotels that once served the St Bathans gold miners. It oozes character with it's faded old sign and polished copper...

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  • Finding St Bathans

    Saint Bathans Favorites

    St Bathans is hidden off the main road, so you need to know the turn off if you are to find it. Travelling along highway 85, approximately halfway-ish between Ranfurly and Alexandra keep your eyes peeled for Loop Road. This will take you off the main road, into St Bathans, and back onto the main road so you can continue on your journey.

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  • The Blue Lake

    Saint Bathans Things to Do

    This gorgeous looking lake is found right opposite the Vulcan Hotel, although it is a fair way down to the shore. It was once a hill, but the mine workings have left behind this sparkling lake, made a striking blue colour by the minerals present in the waters and in the surrounding steep cliffs. The picnic site opposite the hotel means the views...

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Lake Hawea

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  • Puzzling World- Adrenalin for your brain

    Lake Hawea Things to Do

    Ok, you've done your skiing, white water rafting, tramping (as New Zealanders call bush walking) , the snow isn't too good, it's raining outside and you have kids in tow wanting to spend their excess energy somewhere indoors. Then this is the perfect place. it's not only for kids as some of the brain teasers and illusions are for adults too. There...

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  • SWinging anyone?

    Lake Hawea Things to Do

    The swining Bridge or is it the Hanging Bridge? By the Blue Pools about 50 kms northwest from Wanaka. Near Macorora. Great to explore this region and stop by in all the little gold mining towns.

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